European Parliament resolution on the Political use of justice in Russia

The European Parliament,

–      having regard to its previous reports and resolutions on Russia, in particular its resolutions of 15 March 2012on the outcome of the presidential elections in Russia, of 16 February 2012 on the upcoming presidential election in Russia, of 14 December 2011on the State Duma election and of 7 July 2011on preparations for the Russian State Duma elections in December 2011,

–      having regard to the ongoing negotiations for a new agreement providing a new comprehensive framework for EU-Russia relations, as well as to the ‘Partnership for Modernisation’ initiated in 2010,

–      having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which states that everyone shall be entitled to a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal established by law, Continue reading

Navalny’s Foundation Criticized VTB in a Report

Russian opposition blogger Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation and the British-based Russia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society published a criticizing report on VTB Group practices, which is the second in asset amount and client funds financial group in Russia with Russian government as its major shareholder.

VTB responded that the report was made-to-order and said that the corruption should be looked for among the authors of the report.

The authors of the document present a detailed list of the facts that in their opinion are indicative of the “mismanagement and questionable business practices by the VTB Group, and specifically VTB Bank.” Continue reading